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Why are people watching this stuff? It is the most extreme case to date of a spectrum that includes adults feeding their toddlers age-inappropriate lines and generally manipulating them for online ad revenue. And another family was charged with child endangerment for putting their eight-year-old and his nanny in the bed of a pickup truck and haring around a small town in southern California 1 million people watched the video.
This week, when welfare officers in Arizona visited the house of the woman who runs Fantastic Adventures, a channel that has racked up more than m views, they found a household of traumatised children who alleged they had been pepper-sprayed and locked in cupboards for forgetting their lines. Online, meanwhile, they were shown doing endlessly jolly things and performing like ponies.
Read more The mystery is why so many people watch this stuff. In the case of the most popular and successful channels, these kids are in essence child actors unprotected by labour laws, making their parents sizeable incomes. There are more pressing regulatory issues around YouTube, and the child exploitation racket, unless there video easy money provable abuse, is probably impossible to curtail, not least because it is video easy money natural end point to the universal dynamic that we are all content providers now.
Video easy money lie, of course, is that it is easy money or that these productions are just slightly massaged versions of Candid Camera home videos.
As scripted content, the cost to the child is one of time and effort, but more than that, perhaps, one of perception. Most of these children are young — barely out of toddlerhood — when to perform an idea of cuteness and be made aware of its currency is to usher in early a plague of the age: self-consciousness.